Destination Imagination Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant

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Educational Nonprofit to Expand STEAM Program Access in Under-Resourced Communities

A Motorola-sponsored Destination Imagination team from The YMCA of Metro Chicago works on their Engineering Challenge solution.

Destination Imagination (DI), a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching students the creative process through hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and service learning challenges, today announced it has received a grant for $45,000 from Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Through the grant, Destination Imagination will have the opportunity to further expand access to its program for students in under-resourced communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation awards grants each year to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, which support and advance public safety programs and technology and engineering education initiatives.

“Now more than ever, it is critically important for organizations to help close the STEM gap by providing underrepresented communities with greater access to hands-on STEM projects,” said Michele Tuck-Ponder, Executive Director of Destination Imagination, Inc. “We are honored to continue working with Motorola Solutions Foundation on this significant mission, and through this generous grant, we will have the opportunity to empower hundreds of students from diverse backgrounds.”

This year, Motorola Solutions Foundation grants will support programs that help more than two million students, teachers, first responders and community members around the globe. There is a specific focus on providing grants to programs that impact underrepresented populations, including females, minorities, people with disabilities, veterans and others.

“We are very pleased to support the work of Destination Imagination,” said Monica Mueller, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We believe in organizations that foster innovation and drive change, and we’re proud to be part of the positive impact they are making in the community.”

For additional information on Motorola Solutions Foundation grants program, visit: http://motorolasolutions.com/foundation. For more information on Destination Imagination, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.

About Destination Imagination, Inc.
Destination Imagination, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-led non-profit organization whose purpose is to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. The organization is a leader in project-based learning experiences, where students work together in teams to solve open-ended STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and service learning Challenges and then present their solutions at tournaments. Destination Imagination has impacted more than one million students. To learn more, please visit http://destinationimagination.org.

About the Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions, the leading provider of mission-critical communications, software and video solutions that help build safer cities and thriving communities. The Motorola Solutions Foundation makes strategic grants, forges strong community partnerships and fosters innovation by funding programs in public safety education, disaster relief, employee giving programs, and technology education. The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides over $11 million in support to over 250 charitable organizations and universities in over 30 countries annually. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: http://motorolasolutions.com/foundation.

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Tina Shaffer
Destination Imagination, Inc.
since: 11/2010
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